Leslie, here, pleased to welcome back to the Chicks the fab Francelia Belton. ‘Tis the season for–or not for–new year’s resolutions, and here’s a terrific take on the issue by Francelia:
To Resolute, or Not Resolute, That is the Quandary.
First off, I would like to thank all the Chicks for having me back on the blog again. It’s an honor, and one that I don’t take lightly. So thank you!
Well, here we are, another year before us. January, a time of fresh starts and New Year Resolutions, which most of the general population do not, or can not keep, including yours truly. It’s already mid-January and I have already not kept the very simple resolution I made on December 31st, which was to write Every. Single. Freaking. Day. I broke that chain on January 4th.
Yes, folks, I couldn’t even make it a full week.
What is it about unkempt promises to ourselves, that is so well…gut-wrenching ? And why do we keep doing this to ourselves?
Or, maybe I’m the only sad sack who can’t keep up with such a simple goal?
To be fair, I have written ten out of the fifteen days, so I probably should give myself a little slack. Nobody’s perfect, and maybe we shouldn’t expect perfection from ourselves. We should allow ourselves a little grace.
I am working on that. I am learning not to beat myself up for not always being able to do the things I set out to do. Doing what I can as I can has to be good enough.
So I decided to change my resolution for the new year. All I need to do is show up to the page every day. Yep, you heard that right. All I need to do is walk to my writing office and sit in front of the blank page. If I actually write something, well, hey-hey, that’s a bonus, and while we’re at it, why not order a ticker tape parade? This girl is on a roll.
But in all seriousness, being able to accomplish any goal always starts with the first step. Baby steps in my case. But I’ll take it. Because if I take these steps every day, no matter how tiny and inconsequential to someone else, I know that I have taken a HUGE step in accomplishing my goal.
You see, I know if I show up to the page every day, soon I’ll be writing every day. And not long after that I’ll have a nice inventory of stories in my story shop, and that’s the ultimate goal that I’m running after.
So here’s to New Year’s Resolutions; a step in the right direction to achieving one’s goal!
Readers: What baby steps have you taken over the years to help you meet your resolutions or goals?
ABOUT FESTIVE MAYHEM 3:
This limited-edition collection includes brand-new stories set throughout the year, as well as some reissued seasonal favorites. Whether you enjoy humorous cozy mysteries with plucky amateur sleuths, or hard-boiled noir starring gritty private investigators, this anthology is for you. The anthology is disappearing after January 31, 2023, so don’t wait! It would be criminal to miss it! It’s available at all ebook retailers: https://www.crimewritersofcolor.com/bookdetails?book=147
What you’ll find inside:
- “Black Easter” by Francelia Belton. In 1967, a militant husband and father tries to push his political views onto his wife’s conservative family at the annual Easter social—and things don’t end well.
- “A Deadly First” by Delia C. Pitts. Thanksgiving takes a fatal turn when New York private eye SJ Rook finds himself thrust into his first murder case in this darkly atmospheric tale of noir. (Originally published with the first Festive Mayhem.)
- “Whiteout Wipeout” by Paige Sleuth. A lost cat leads Cherry Hills, Washington, animal rescue maven and amateur sleuth Imogene Little to the body of a murdered man at the start of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend.
- “The Troublesome Rich Girl” by Stella Oni. When Elizabeth agreed to look out for the rebellious teenager Tayo Adelaja and her cousin Angelica, she enlisted the help of the Mews hotel’s social media obsessed apprentice, Rosie O’Toole—only for the three to disappear!
- “Trace of Lace” by Barbara Howard. On the eve of his wedding day, Milo has to save his bride when news of a serial killer near Birston College puts the campus on lockdown.
- “A Christmas Tip” by Elizabeth Wilkerson. A surprise Christmas bonus becomes too tempting for Philadelphia nursing assistant Brianna Byers to resist—even if accepting requires some skillful skirting of the law. (Originally published with the first Festive Mayhem.)
- “Serenade for Suicide” by Carolyn Marie Wilkins. The melody turns deadly when music teacher Bertie Bigelow invites her Grammy-winning ex to give a songwriting workshop at an inner-city community college.
Francelia Belton’s love of short stories came from watching old Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents television shows in her youth. She published a collection titled, Crime & Passion: Three Short Stories, and her fiction has appeared in various publications, including “Dreaming of Ella” in Denver Noir and “Black Easter” in Festive Mayhem 3.
She is an active member of Sisters in Crime and has served as President (2019-2021) and Vice President (2015-2018) for the Colorado chapter. She is also an active member of Mystery Writers of America and Crime Writers of Color.
Francelia can be found online at: https://FranceliaBelton.com/ or Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/francelia.belton/ or Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15972908.Francelia_Belton